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tv   U.S. Senate Sen. Inhofe on Iran War Powers Resolution  CSPAN  February 13, 2020 8:19pm-8:26pm EST

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i'm gravely concerned by the administration's efforts to build a shaky legal foundation for the expose its purpose of carrying out ever longer wars including potentially against iran. before we vote to ultimately decide that it should be the congress of the united states that should make that decision on behalf of the american people looking our sons and daughters in the eye and saying yes, this is worthy of the national security of the united states. i will vote to send my son and otdaughter if the cause is right but if the cause is not right i will not vote to send my son or daughter or any other sons and daughters and that's what the debate should be habit that is what senator kaine is trying to do and i am concerned that some of the amendments being offered is simply to undermine that. i look forward to joining with senator kaine to pass the resolution and with that, i yield back. >> president, i think president trump's decision to take out
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general qasem soleimani was [inaudible] to date even in a single strike, the president defended american life and showed iran and terrorism and most important he spilling american blood is something tham will come at a price unlike what we've been going through with his predecessor and the redline did not mean anything but now everyone knows that it means something in the result is not where the best negotiatinggo position with iran since 1979 and iran's escalation which includes saudi arabia and oil facilities in the killing of an american citizen that is in its for now. some democrats would have you believe that a vote for a war powers resolution pretending as though the president is resting or rushing to war and it is just not happening. the facts i are not there and there is no war with iran and
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the airstrike is not a war and punishing iran for killing an american citizen is not a war nor has the sole money strike started us war as democrats would have you believe. it's been three weeks nowin sine the democrats first tried to vote on this resolution and during those three weeks nothing has happened but let me repeat that, nothing has happened. there have been no new iranian attacks against us and we have not attacked them and we've [inaudible] no one wants war with iran. the president has made it clear he does not want to war with iran and in fact, the president's decision to eliminate qasem soleimani has made war much less likely that th showed iran much must terrorism would come at a price and that was not the case tebefore. despite the success today we
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were debating whether we want to tie the hands of our commander-in-chief or any commander-in-chief to respond one american lives are put at risk. the constitution gives him the authority to do so. well, i want to be sure all my colleagues are crystal clear on this exactly this war powers resolution means [inaudible] the resolution calls the president to terminate the use of american armed forces for hostilities against iraq but there are no hostilities against iran there is no war with iran. the resolution is calling for the termination oft hostilities against california would be just have the same effect. this vote will do nothing practically speaking. it is nonsense that we should be concerned about this symbolic effect that this vote will have. this will send a damaging message to iran and they will interpret a vote in favor of
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this resolution as tying the president's hands and that would lead iran to believe once again that it can get by with anything. remember, it was not that long ago they believed that. now nobody wants that. congress does not want it, white house did not wanted and certainly not the american people so i don't know why were are even debating a resolution that could make war more likely when we try to do the opposite. if the democrats insist on tying the president's hands then the least we can do is minimize the damage. while i urge my colleagues to vote against this resolution i also urge them to support an amendment to minimize the damages and i want to comment briefly on the amendment authored by the ranking member of the senate armed services committee, my friend and gentleman from rhode island. he is correct to highlight the dramatic -- traumatic brain injuries that our troops suffered during the iranian
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strike in iraq and we understand erthat. however i would like to clarify and i believe we were not, we were not misled in this at all. mild tbi's can only be confirmed from mri scans and the department of defense implement did its procedure properly to make sure that all troops in the vicinity strike and we need to understand that and if all thiss was done and it is if it was not done at all. if those results were made available the apartment of defense notified the public in a press release and then briefed our committee, the committee i chair and i therefore want to commend the department of defense for taking all the right measures to protect our forces during the iranian strike and for appropriately screening our forces for after effects. this is why it's important thatt we vote this resolution down
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even as it is amended now. there is no price for aggression and it would teach them the deterrence and leave our troops, diplomats and citizens vulnerable. nobody wants that. with that i yield with the flo floor. >> mr. president, we are about to vote on important piece of legislation and it's a piece of legislation that will never become law and but nonetheless it deserves our attention and certainly deserves consideration. we know two things. number one under the constitution it is absolutely crystal clear that only congress can declare war and number two, which is crystal clear we know the president of the united states has the authority to defend the country and finally number three and this is very important as it relates to this no one, no one wants war with iran and


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